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Arrangement


     
  Arrangement Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
 
Average Rating
3.22 /10
 
Starring
Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Deborah Kerr
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Directed by: Elia Kazan
Written by: Elia Kazan from his own novel

 
 
 
Released: 1969
   
Genre: DRAMA
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 127
 
 


 
Advertising executive (Kirk Douglas) fails to juggle mistress (Faye Dunaway) and wife (Deborah Kerr).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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An immensely tedious attempt at a trendy "new wave" film by a writer-director obviously more suited to old-fashioned melodrama.

Sample dialogue: Faye Dunaway: "I know I'm nothing. I never was. But you - you could have been - "

Kirk Douglas: "What?"

Faye Dunaway: "What you could have been."

MIXED

The film makes no discernible point except as a well-acted tirade against the compromise of modern urban living.

(Halliwell's Film Guide, 2004)

ANTI

Confused, overly-contrived and overlength film peopled with a set of characters about whom the spectator couldn't care less.

(Variety)

A senseless and banal story that reels from platitude to platitude... As dead as a flower arrangement in an undertaker's parlor.

(John Simon, National Review)

One of the dopiest pictures ever made.

(Rex Reed)

Unfocused.

(Consumer Guide, Rating the Movies, 1988)

Tedious talkfest.

(Nick Martin & Marsha Porter, Video Movie Guide, 1998)

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